Object Title

Pikeman's right tasset

Pikeman's right tasset

Date

1630

Object Number

III.3190

Provenance

Tower arsenal. Accessioned from Bowyer Tower, AS 58 (1989).

Physical Description

Made in one piece and embossed to simulate six lames. The side and lower edge have plain inward turns, with recessed borders containing twenty three round-headed brass lining rivets with a wide variety of washers (mainly square with cropped corners, and circular), retaining at the inside edge, a substantial piece of canvas lining band. The upper edges of the embossed lames are decorated with single incised lines. The tasset is decorated with three columns of brass, round-headed decorative rivets, each terminating in a small, upward pointing triangle of three at the base. The third rivet from the top in the outer column is missing. The upper inside corner is cropped to assist the overlap. The original two hinged hasps are fitted. The lower element has an onion-shaped joint with a cusp at wither side of the top. It is attached to the tasset by a rivet at the bottom and a pair at the top, with a decorative pair in the middle. The hinged upper hasp is L-shaped, with a large rectangular slot for the pierced stud on the breastplate, and a D-shaped branch towards the outside on which a small, plain swivel-hook is mounted. The upper and inner edges of the upper half are recessed and bevelled, leaving rectangular protrusions at the corners. The hasps are set close at either side of the centre.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Height 304 mm (12.0 in), 393 mm (15.5 in) Weight: 1.13 kg (2lb 7 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

Struck at the centre of the upper edge C for the maker.

Associations

Places England

Notes

This is an extremely fine and complete example of a tasset of this type.